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The New Zoning Code-One Year Review
Public feedback sessions for community members, developers, design professionals, attorneys and others who have used the zoning code are scheduled for June.
Visit http://publicfeedbacksessions.eventbrite.com/ for available dates and registration details.
Changing Skyline: Proposed remapping of Center City land use covers much-needed ground
By Inga Saffron for The Inquirer
In a new zoning map, planners have updated classifications for all blocks in Center City. This layout concentrates skyscrapers and tall buildings in the center, where public transportation is most active, and has residential zones fanning out from the middle. The Planning Commission and City Council must approve the new map for these changes to take effect. Read more
PCPC: New Counter Review Hours
The Philadelphia City Planning Commission will be changing the times when staff is available to review and stamp plans. Effective June 3, the hours for plan review will be 9:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Updated Report on Tax Abatement Released
Building industry supports land bank legislation
The Inquirer Op-Ed
The Building Industry Association of Philadelphia joined the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations and the Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha to push City Council and Mayor Nutter to make a Philadelphia Land Bank a reality in the next four weeks. Read Before recess, pass land bank bill.
Momentum Grows for Land Bank
While City Council focuses on AVI and other budget issues, land bank advocates are pushing for a hearing on proposed legislation in May so that a vote can take place in June. Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and Councilman Bill Green resubmitted legislation to create a Philadelphia land bank that would transform the City’s fragmented land-holding system into a single, streamlined entity with the power to quickly acquire and strategically dispose of vacant properties. The updated bills reflect a year-long collaborative process, including stakeholders from Council, the Nutter administration, and citywide coalitions representing nonprofit community organizations and for-profit developers. Read the full press release. View bills 130156 and 130157.
New Land Bank Website
The Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) and Next Great City/PennFuture have launched a new website focusing on restoring vacant and tax-delinquent property. This website, www.phillylandbank.org, will feature updates on the city’s ongoing efforts to establish a land bank and resources for citizens who want to take action in rejuvenating 40,000 parcels of vacant properties.